Conservatives in Canada’s parliament asked the legislative body on Thursday to formally declare China’s treatment of its Uyghur minority population as genocide.
Canada’s federal Conservatives put a motion up for debate in parliament on February 17 that would declare the Chinese government’s systematic detention of Turkic Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in China’s western Xinjiang region a genocide, Canada’s the Globe and Mail reported on Thursday.
Members of parliament will vote on the motion on February 22.
The motion calls for the legislature to recognize that “the People’s Republic of China has engaged in actions consistent with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 260, commonly known as the Genocide Convention, including detention camps and measures intended to prevent births as it pertains to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims,” according to the newspaper.
Any of the following acts “committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial